The H.W. Wilson Company has announced the new 20th edition of Children's Core Collection (formerly Children's Catalog), an aid to collection development and maintenance, readers' advisory, and general reference. The new edition features more than 11,000 entries for fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, and graphic novels recommended for readers in preschool through sixth grade, as well as professional literature for the children's librarian. Entries provide practical information for acquisitions librarians and collection managers: complete bibliographic data, price, recommended grade level, descriptive annotations, and evaluative quotations from reviews when available. Titles deemed "essential purchases" are indicated with an asterisk.
The latest edition offers broad revisions in the areas of environment, science, and religion, as well as fiction and picture books. More than 7,000 of the entries are new. Users will also receive approximately 2,200 new listings in annual paperbound supplements (2011 through 2013) at no extra charge. Both literary quality and popularity of the works were taken into account in updating this guide.
Children's Core Collection is arranged in two parts. First, the Classified Collection features full entries in Nonfiction, Fiction, Story Collection, and Easy Books sections. ("Easy Books" consist chiefly of picture books of interest to children from preschool to grade three.) Nonfiction entries are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification. Fictional works appear alphabetically by author, and works of individual biography by the name of the person written about. Part two is an author, title, and subject index to the Classified Collection.
In libraries for more than a century, Children's Core Collection is recognized widely as the definitive reference tool of its kind, consulted both in print format and as a WilsonWeb database.
On WilsonWeb, Children's Core Collection is continuously updated with new material and can be searched for "What's new?" at any time. WilsonWeb, the H.W. Wilson Company's reference database service, also allows searching in conjunction with other H.W. Wilson Core Collections, plus a host of other conveniences to aid in collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support.
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